Top Pumpkin Patches and Picking for New Jersey Families

Get ready to haul home some hefty pumpkins from NJ farms! Photo by Christine Szeto via Flickr
NJ Pumpkin Patches and Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Farms with Kids

Nothing says fall (or Halloween) quite like a pumpkin. When these festive gourds start appearing on front stoops and in windows across New Jersey, you know autumn really has arrived. This year, skip the grocery store pumpkins and take a day trip to one of NJ's excellent pumpkin patches, where you're sure to run into more fall fun, including barnyard animals, hay and corn mazes, and even the season's other favorite fruit: apples

Red on for more than a dozen spots where you'll be sure to find the perfect pumpkin.

Closer to the New York border? Check out these Westchester and Hudson Valley pumpkin patches. If you're in south Jersey or headed for a Bucks County getaway this fall, our Philadelphia site has the scoop on Pennsylvania pumpkin patches.

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Abma's Farm – Wyckoff
This family-owned farm celebrates fall with hayrides and pumpkin picking each Saturday (plus Columbus Day), September 29 – October 27. Before leaving, savor some apple cider and doughnuts from the farm market.

Alstede Farms – Chester
This NJ farm has a lot to offer, including tons of activities for kids. You'll find a bounce house, wagon ride, corn maze, hay pyramid, and farm animals to feed—plus a farm stand and plenty of pick-your-own options. It gets very busy on the weekends, so plan to arrive before 11am or after 4pm to beat the crowds—or come on a weekday if you can (when admission prices are cheaper). Pick your own pumpkins from mid-September through mid-November. There are various ticket packages, including a weekday special. Check out the farm's tips to plan your visit

Conklin Farm U-Pick – Montville
Conklin is a smaller venue that comes highly recommended from our MP writers. It has all you could ask for: pumpkin picking, a corn maze, and hayrides (even a haunted hayride for your older, braver kids), but at a less frenetic pace. A snack shack with hot cider, candy apples, and warm, homemade doughnuts will keep everyone full and happy.

Demarest Farms – Hillsdale
This Bergen County farm is a fun place to take the family. Pick-your-own pumpkins begins mid-September at this local favorite, and includes weekday and weekend options. You can also pick your own apples and vegetables, hitch a hayride, and paint pumpkins. Dig into the fresh salad bar and deli if you need a post-picking pick-me-up.

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Climb on the wooden train at Happy Day Farm's "Kids Korner." Photo courtesy of the farm

Happy Day Farm – Manalapan
You won't be bored at this Monmouth County farm. It's loaded with family activities including pumpkin picking, crafts, pony rides, hayrides, a wooden train, pig races, swings, a zoo, and even a "Kids Korner" for the 2- to 6-year-old crowd. This year's 10-acre corn maze celebrates 100 years of John Deere Tractors. 

Heaven Hill Farm – Vernon
Heaven Hill Farm is known for its Great Pumpkin Festival, billed as the "largest fall festival in Northern NJ." You'll find pumpkin picking, but also hayrides, pig races, a cool spider web crawl, games, carnival rides (only on weekends), corn stalk and hay maze, farm animals, a boo barn, and much more. Return later in the season for the Halloween Trick or Treat Trail.

Norz Hill Farm – Hillsborough
Pumpkin picking, hayrides, and farm animals are all part of the fall fun at Norz Hill. Pumpkins and hayrides are available on weekends beginning in early September, and daily later in season. Don't forget to try the five-acre corn maze, which boasts a new design each season. 

Oasis Family Farm  Robbinsville
Pick pumpkins, eat homemade ice cream, enjoy games, and more at this NJ farm. There's even an ant colony and gem mine to explore plus a children's Fun Zone and bee hive to check out.

Ort Farms – Long Valley
This 100-year old, family-run farm is described as quieter and less commercial by visitors but still offers tons of family fun, including hayrides, farm animals, chopping pumpkins off the vine, a tractor play set, hay pyramid, and even monster truck rides. 

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Get 'em straight from the vine at Riamede Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm

Riamede Farm – Chester
For some real pumpkin picking, the kind where you cut the pumpkin right off the vine yourself, go to Riamede Farm. This quiet, simple, laid-back farm includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch. Don’t forget to bring your own clippers!

Stony Hill Farms – Chester
Huge pumpkins are waiting to be picked at Stony Hill Farms, open weekends fro late September through October. While you're there, check out the farm's other fall offerings, including hayrides, fresh produce and baked goods, and a 10-acre corn maze. This year's theme celebrates the "Age of Edison."

Sussex County Strawberry Farm – Newton
The name of this farm can be misleading; Sussex County Strawberry Farm has pumpkins, too! Beginning the first week in October, enjoy a pumpkin patch, weekend hayrides, horse-drawn carriages, fresh cider, and apples.

Terhune Orchards – Princeton
Terhune is such a fun place to bring the family because of the breadth of kid-friendly things to do around the farm. Check out the pumpkin-picking fields (September – October) at the main farm (Cold Soil Road), where you can grab some gourds as well. Weekends from mid-September through October, enjoy Fall Fun Weekends complete with music, food, pony rides, the adventure barn, and more. Head over for the Read & Pick Pumpkins event (October 2), where kids will hear two pumpkin-related stories and then get to pick their very own pumpkin to bring home. Plus, kids can always enjoy the farm animals, trails, and hayrides, and parents will love the farm store and winery. 

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Kids will love the corn sandbox at Wightman's. Photo by the author

Wightman's Farm – Morristown
This is my family's go-to pick-your-own NJ farm. Wightman's kicks off pumpkin season in mid-September, and the fun that awaits includes pumpkin picking, hayrides, mazes, a hay slide, and my kids' favorite, the corn sandbox. 

Williams Nursery – Westfield
The perfect "starter" pumpkin patch for little ones, Williams is an adorable garden center with a small homemade pumpkin patch. You'll also find wagons to pull, a maze, hayride, pony rides, and apple cider. Keep an eye out for fall events, such as a scarecrow contest and free mini-pumpkin weekends. Pumpkin picking is offered weekends in October and Columbus Day.

This article first published in September 2012 and was updated for 2018.

Heaven Hill Farm
451 Route 94
07462 Vernon , NJ
Phone: (973) 764-5144
41° 12' 41.9724" N, 74° 27' 41.58" W
New Jersey
Conklin Farm U-Pick
65 River Road
07045 Montville , NJ
Phone: 973-400-9460
40° 54' 14.3208" N, 74° 22' 33.2904" W
New Jersey
Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Road
08540 Princeton , NJ
Phone: 609-924-2310
40° 19' 53.1588" N, 74° 43' 31.1592" W
New Jersey
Riamede Farm
122 Oakdale Road
07930 Chester , NJ
Phone: 908-879-5353
40° 47' 42.7164" N, 74° 41' 37.9356" W
New Jersey
Horse Sleigh Farm
438 Route 57 West
07882 Washington Township , NJ
Phone: 908.246.3044
40° 44' 55.8348" N, 75° 0' 45.5688" W
New Jersey
Sussex County Strawberry Farm
565 U.S. 206
07860 Newton , NJ
Phone: (973) 579-5055
41° 0' 57.7908" N, 74° 45' 54.7488" W
New Jersey
Demarast Farms
244 Wierimus Road
07642 Hillsdale , NJ
Phone: (201) 666-0472
41° 0' 29.6496" N, 74° 4' 14.3904" W
New Jersey
Alstede Farms
84 Route 513
Chester , NJ
Phone: (908) 879-7189
40° 47' 43.2168" N, 74° 40' 17.0076" W
New Jersey
Apple Ridge Orchards
101 Jessup Road
10990 Warwick , NY 41° 17' 25.9152" N, 74° 23' 0.0276" W
New York
Horse Sleigh Farm
438 State Highway 57 West
07882 Washington , NJ 40° 44' 55.8348" N, 75° 0' 45.5688" W
New Jersey
Ort Farms
25 Bartley Road
07853 Long Valley , NJ 40° 47' 11.3784" N, 74° 45' 32.022" W
New Jersey
Williams Nursery
524 Springfield Avenue
07090 Westfield , NJ 40° 40' 39.414" N, 74° 19' 51.7404" W
New Jersey
Stony Hill Farms
15 North Road
07930 Chester , NJ 40° 47' 27.078" N, 74° 40' 48.8208" W
New Jersey
Norz Hill Farm
116 South Branch Road
08844 Hillsborough , NJ 40° 31' 53.6592" N, 74° 41' 28.2192" W
New Jersey
Happy Day Farm
17 Daum Road
Manalapan , NJ 40° 15' 40.0356" N, 74° 22' 10.2432" W
New Jersey
Wightman's Farms
1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue
07960 Morristown , NJ 40° 44' 18.9204" N, 74° 32' 25.692" W
New Jersey
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Drive
08691 Robbinsville , NJ 40° 11' 20.0832" N, 74° 36' 8.0388" W
New Jersey
Abma's Farm
700 Lawlins Road
07481 Wyckoff , NJ
Phone: 201-891-0278
41° 1' 1.2648" N, 74° 11' 4.2828" W
New Jersey